Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me


4.5
superb

Review

by Happymeal USER (8 Reviews)
January 15th, 2005 | 132 replies | 25,172 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


15 of 16 thought this review was well written

Between The Buried And Me(2004)
Recorded 2001-2002
Released thru Victory Records

At the time of recording, BTBAM are:
Tommy Rogers
Paul Waggoner
Nick Fletcher
Will Goodyear
Jason King

Total Running Time - 48:29

Seldom do bands garner much respect not only from the hardcore/metalcore crowd, but also from metal fans as well, and in such a short period of time at that. Between The Buried And Me manage to pull this feat off by standing tall in the midst of a lot of cookie-cutter bands emerging in the scene nowadays by brandishing their signature sound that impressively amalgamates the progressiveness of metal and hardcore sub-genres. They toured restlessly in the whole of North America and played with numerous bands, had a lot of lineup changes for the past couple of years, and all this success acheived even without mainstream approval. And this album, recorded in a basement, is the fruit of their hard labor.

As mentioned, they infuse a lot of scattered genres throughout the record. Heavy doses of hardcore, metalcore(although a bit too heavy to be classified as such) and metal here and there, with sprinkles of death metal occasionally, and even hints of grind, jazz and emo are prevalent. They do it with such grace and technicality, that the transitions are executed almost flawlessly.

Another thing to note is the framework of the songs, which have little, or no predictable structure at all. There must be so many time signature, vocal, and melody changes in the tracks that it's very rare that you'll hear one part last for more than 30 seconds, and they have an average length of 5-7 minutes each. It's fascinating to listen to the brutality, then shifts to being docile and suppressed just a few seconds later. This is a plus side on the longevity of the album, as it takes some considerable time to fully digest all of the songs, adding more fun factor to the listening pleasure. Chaos is one thing, and this album thrives on it, and dishing it out in generous doses.

The band is comprised of comprised of very talented musicians, every instrument(and the vocals) blend perfectly in each of the compositions. Both the guitars are exceptional, with all that shredding, they leave no section sound "hollow" or lacking. A lot of people love Tommy's voice too, and no wonder, as he screams, growls and yells emphatically, not to mention his, along with the backup's, beautiful singing voice. It allows a lot more texture and emotional impact to delve through the songs, and the result is very nice indeed. The drummer, I feel, is a bit overlooked. His grind/death metal style is just awesome, as he is the dictator of the tempo of the song, with countless double-pedal blasts.

"Only 8 measly tracks?!" you might say, but every song is consistent in bringing the good stuff, and will almost surely satisfy you with every listen. More of Myself to Kill starts the frenzy, and bashes to your skull a concrete idea of what BTBAM sounds like if you haven't listened to them already. As with the others, 'tis a fast and wild roller coaster ride that welcomes you to their S/T, it first showcases the ability of the band to throw its listeners off balance with the many flow changes it has. Tommy's voice is highlighted 2 minutes in this 7 minute monster, when his emotional wails fill in with the quiet guitars. Arsonist comes up next, this mainly angry song is significant to the band I guess, as it stabs on the discrimination of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas on homosexuals. "Fuck your god, your god of shit, he exclaims. Cool riffs on it too. If you haven't heard Mordecai yet, you'll most probably lean to Aspirations as a good introduction to BTBAM, as it's very catchy in many ways and has the most melodic parts; it's easy to get into. It has a soaring solo at 1:33 that gets me every time; pure ear candy I say. The backup vocalist even does a short King Diamond segment. Sweet. Fire for a Dry Mouth starts mosh-friendly, then uncannily sounds like ( :eek: ) Opeth, and this isn't the only song that has resemblances, and it ends nicely, transforming into.. Naked by the Computer; it begins very softly, very classical-esque, and it sounds like some kind of an intermission to the record's ear-pummelling. It eventually turns into a ballad, then shifts into frantic mode soon after. My favorite song right now is Use of a Weapon. It's a very well-rounded song, just the right amount of technicality, catchy hooks, chug-chugs, and melodic parts. Nice lines too: "We will know there is something to live and die for, and we will know every breath to be free." The last track, Shevanel Cut a Flip is a bit different from the band's approach on the others, though it starts heavy enough. The turning point is somewhere in the first few minutes, when it abrupts into a jazzy atmosphere and the band members mimic a situation in a cafe' by talking casually. Quite clever, I should say. It's a 9 minute "epic", it gets pretty melodic and resonant by the 4 minute mark, and I vaguely imagine cowboys slowly riding in the sunset. A good way to end a fantastic debut.

I can find very few faults in BTBAM, but I guess some would be that it's a bit hard to tell some songs apart, especially in the intense moments, if not for the short, pleasant breaks that makes them unique. Not being a patient listener can be a drawback too, as you'll be left hanging if you skip the longer tracks often. Some riffs also sound like " I think I've heard this one in another song", and will be a bit repetitive if you don't pay attention to the small subtleties.

..Otherwise, this is one outstanding debut from a tight, tight band. Between The Buried And Me, we salute you.

4.3/5



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Happymeal
October 21st 2004



330 Comments


Will edit and improve/correct it as soon as I get back.

40 oz 2 freedom
October 21st 2004



96 Comments


Amazing band, amazing album. They are flawless live, too.

BuddyBigsby
October 22nd 2004



531 Comments


Great band. Great album. Great review. Great live. Seen 'em 4 times and they're spot on every time.

"Aspirations" and "Shevanel" are two of my favorite songs period.

40 oz 2 freedom
October 22nd 2004



96 Comments


Aesthetic, Lost Perfection, Mordecai, Shevanel, More of Myself to Kill for me.

Sep
October 22nd 2004



297 Comments


That was an excellent review, Happymeal. Great job! :thumb:
I have only heard Mordecai and Aspirations by them, but I'm downloading "Shevanel Cut A Flip" now. Mordecai is absolutely amazing.

Happymeal
October 22nd 2004



330 Comments


Thanks Though I've only heard a couple songs from Silent Circus, a lot prefer this one because it's a lot more focused.

cbmartinez
October 22nd 2004



2525 Comments


Nice review. This one to the top CDs on my want list. Arsonist is one of my favorites.

Luxor
October 22nd 2004



166 Comments


Good review man. I agree with everyone else in this thread, they're so great live. Absolutely amazing. There was only one problem when I went to see them, they weren't the headliners so they had a certain time slot that they had to stay within, ending with the set not as long as I could have hoped. They couldn't play "Aspirations" because the people running the event told them they had to get off the stage.

Anyways, good review, good band.

Tangy zizzle
October 22nd 2004



253 Comments


Great review.

I prefer Silent Circus to this, muchly though.

cbmartinez
October 22nd 2004



2525 Comments


Wow Tangy, you really do listen to every kind of music! :p

Tangy zizzle
October 22nd 2004



253 Comments


^^ Never underestimate.

I could pwn most "hardcore/metalcore" listeners with my tastes in the genre - but I hate hardcore so I don't.

Bam!

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 22nd 2004



2125 Comments


:lol:

I remember Tangy telling me about these guys a while ago. It sounds like Silent Circus is the best album to check out?

Happymeal
October 22nd 2004



330 Comments


I haven't listened much to Silent Circus myself, but I noticed that when you've become so familiar to Mordecai, it gets a bit more predictable compared to the songs in here.

Cool, the album even comes with a sampler.

Oh, and if someone could give me a link to the cover art, I'd appreciate it very much. I couldn't find good pictures..

[QUOTE=Tangy Zizzle]I could pwn most "hardcore/metalcore" listeners with my tastes in the genre - but I hate hardcore so I don't.[/QUOTE]

:lol::lol:

Tangy zizzle
October 22nd 2004



253 Comments


Mordecai is my favourite BTBAM song, and possibly in my top 10 all time.

Coverart: http://www.aversion.com/bands/beneaththeburiedandme/images/rev1422.gif

Pluperfect_Arson
October 23rd 2004



22 Comments


I like this band a lot. I own Silent Circus and it is a great album. I haven't listened to this album, but I've heard some of the songs off of it, and I liked them.

BTBAM is a great band.

I went to go see them in Portland when they came here with Converge, but their van broke down in San Fran. It was sad since I was mainly there to see them. They are coming back though with Cattle Decapitation and Fear Before The March Of Flames on December 1st. I'm excited for that show because I'm missint FBTMOF, right now, since I'm grounded. So, what could be better then seeing three of your favourite bands playing together? Two of which you missed. Actually, I missed CD the last time they played with Deicide here because it was $20. So, I missed all three. :upset:

Sorry for getting off topic.

Happymeal
October 23rd 2004



330 Comments


I was hoping for the cover art of this album

...

but thanks anyway

I'm still looking for it.


I wanna see them live too..

Dancin' Man
October 23rd 2004



719 Comments


Awesome band. I was pumped to see that you were going to do this review. I think Tangy is right though. Silent Circus just has a little more depth to it. Either way, this album is great.

FillInTheBlankHere___
October 23rd 2004



64 Comments


I've only heard Mordecai, but it's an excellent song and I'm contemplating buying a CD.

Happymeal
October 23rd 2004



330 Comments


Cool! I'd certainly buy Silent Circus if I see it somewhere, and I don't want to download it just yet..

dt_opeth_death
October 23rd 2004



2 Comments


This CD is pretty awesome. I have it on right now, on "Aspirations" as I write this. I recently bought it, and hopefully in time I will actually be able to predict and know what comes next. Quick question though, is Tommy a homosexual? I don't mind if he is, because this is still kick *** music, but just wondering what the special inspiration was behind "Arsonist". I know the story that it says here in the lyrics booklet, but could someone elaborate?



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